Thursday, November 11, 2010

Leaving Great Memories of Arkansas

Yesterday we visited one more state park--Petit Jean State Park...gosh, another wonderful state park at the top of another mountain! Can you believe the view?! No entrance fees, either! What is surprising to us, coming from Indiana, is that Arkansas state parks offer FULL hookups (50 amp + water + sewer in some cases) and some pull thrus at very reasonable prices. We don't have full hookups in state parks in Indiana, unfortunately. We just have electric. So we drove around today to see what a gorgeous park this is...can you believe the views? Amazing! This is Arkansas's first state park.
This was the view as we first pulled into the park and stopped at the overlook. WOW! The road up to the state park was much easier going than Mount Nebo State Park, and there were class A motorhomes staying in the campgrounds, so no sign limitations on size of motorhome or RV at this state park. There were a LOT of hiking trails to explore, but today we were just driving around checking out various parts of the park. We definitely would like to stay in the campgrounds at this park the next visit to Arkansas. Petit Jean State Park has three hiking trails that have been awarded the National Recreation Trail designation because of their rich history and beauty. Overall, there are 20 miles of interconnecting trails in this park. There is a beautiful 95 ft. waterfall here called Cedar Falls. Unfortunately, it had dried up to a trickle this time of year. The main lodge, Mather Lodge was built on the bluff of scenic Cedar Canyon. There is a 100 acre lake called Lake Bailey that you can fish in. Petit Jean State Park also has a fly-in airport! The campgrounds has 33 Class AAA camping sites--that means 50 amp electric, water and sewer and the rate is 28.00 a day. The park is open all year, and during the months of December, January, and February, there is a 25% discount. Seniors 62 and over get a 25% discount. We definitely will return to this beautiful state park....
Petit Jean State Park

We've had a WONDERFUL time here at Old Post campground....there's been plenty to do, plenty of nature's bounty to see, so much that we didn't see, and we are sorry to be leaving the area soon. On Friday, we are heading towards Mississippi and Illinois. Hard to believe, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and it's time to get closer to Indiana and Michigan for family holiday celebrations. We'll be on the road tomorrow, see you then!

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